Pakistan's cricketers pose for a photograph with a trophy after winning the Twenty20 series against Bangladesh at the Gaddafi Cricket Stadium in Lahore on Monday. AFP
Rain arrived an hour before the scheduled toss at 1.30pm local time before umpires called off the play at 3.55pm local time, to the disappointment of around 5,000 fans at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
Pakistan clinched the series 2-0 after beating world No.9 ranked Bangladesh by five wickets and nine wickets, respectively.
Bangladesh's batsmen struggled in the absence of banned Shakib Al Hasan as well as wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, who opted out of the tour because of security concerns.
"Result-wise, we are probably disappointed,” Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah said.
"As a captain, I wanted to give a better performance, a better show which we didn’t do. The talent was there, the skill was there, but I think we didn’t execute our skills good enough and they were better than us, obviously.”
The No. ranking, which Pakistan earned in January 2018, was under threat after the team lost eight of its nine T20s in 2019, but the recall of veteran batsmen Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez strengthened the batting line-up. Malik scored an unbeaten 58 in the first match, while Hafeez remained not out on 67 in the second game in two easy run-chases.
A 3-0 loss at home and a 2-0 defeat in Australia forced Pakistan head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq to recall ageing Hafeez and Malik after Pakistan batsmen struggled in the shortest format.
"We checked the resources against Sri Lanka and Australia, but after that we realized we needed experience in the team,” Misbah said. "The experience (of Malik and Hafeez) came to our use and I believe the doors are not closed for any player. Form and fitness are important, and they both are in good form and are also fit.”
Bangladesh will return to Pakistan next month for the first Test, as part of the ICC World Test Championship, after agreeing to split the T20 series and two test matches into three phases.
The officials of both the national cricket boards reached consensus in Dubai this month during a meeting facilitated by International Cricket Council chairman Shashank Manohar.
The first test will be played in Rawalpindi from Feb.7-11. After a break of almost two months, Bangladesh will play an ODI and the second test in Karachi from April 3-9.
Late last year, Sri Lanka also split its tour to Pakistan into two phases when it played a T20 series in Lahore then returned in December for two test matches in Rawalpindi and Karachi, staying in Pakistan for 16 days.
"We have lost eight of our last nine (completed) T20s and as the No.1-ranked side, this is unacceptable,” chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq said on Thursday while announcing the 15-man squad.
Babar Azam scored a career best unbeaten 143 for his third successive hundred in as many Tests, while opener Shan Masood made 100 as they pulverised a hapless Bangladesh attack at Rawalpindi stadium.
Bangladesh were bowled out for 168 in their second innings after resuming the day on 126-6 as Pakistan's pace and spin attack was too hot to handle despite a flat Rawalpindi pitch.
Nabi hit an unbeaten 84 off 54 balls under pressure to guide Afghanistan to 164-6 before Mujeeb claimed a career best 4-15 to help his side dismiss Bangladesh for 139 in 19.5 overs for their world record 12 successive Twenty20 international win.
“To all my friends in Dubai and the UAE, this is a really difficult moment and we need to take care of us and others as well,” said Figo.
“It was a great relief to see him deliver last start after the trouble he’d encountered at his previous two,” said trainer James Cummings.
The Premier League has been postponed until at least April 30 because of the pandemic and it is feared the season will be delayed again when English football’s stakeholders meet to discuss the crisis on Friday.